Rushlight Awards

Supporting Partners

We would like to thank the following organisations which are supporting the Rushlight Awards:

The Association for Decentralised Energy

ADEThe ADE is the leading decentralised energy advocate, focused on creating a more cost effective, efficient and user-orientated energy system.  Our members have particular expertise in combined heat and power, district heating networks and demand side energy services, including demand response. The ADE has over 100 members active across a range of technologies, including both providers and users of energy.


British Hydropower Association

The BHA promotes the hydropower industry in the UK and abroad and aims to increase the awareness of its quality and scope in the wider world. Hydropower is one of the most reliable, predictable and least environmentally intrusive of all renewable energies.

Business Council for Sustainable Development

BCSD-UK is the only affiliated branch in the UK of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).  Their focus is on the practical implementation of sustainable development values and the promotion of sustainable development as a key to world class business standards and new business opportunities.

Cambridge Cleantech

Cambridge Cleantech supports the growth of environmental goods and services or “cleantech” companies by co-ordinating, supporting and promoting commercial opportunities for our members in Greater Cambridge, home to one of the fastest growing cleantech clusters in Europe.


Cenex is an industry-led public-private partnership set up with the aim of assisting UK industry to build competitive advantage from the global shift to a low carbon economy.  It supports innovation through a Knowledge Transfer Network dedicated to low carbon and fuel cell technologies and through brokering a programme of activities focused on technology demonstration, targeting early market adoption and supply chain development.

Centre for Process Innovation

CPI develops products, processes, services and businesses in the process and manufacturing sectors, and brings jobs and prosperity to the North East of England.  Across its specialist technology areas, CPI delivers a unique portfolio of activities: providing services to the global business community in process innovation, consultancy and research, and in the formation and management of development partnerships; establishing and running publicly funded agencies and projects in emerging technologies and forming new companies through spin-outs and joint ventures.

Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists

The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists(CIAT) represents over 8,000 professionals working and studying in the field of Architectural Technology. CIAT is internationally recognised as the qualifying body for Chartered Architectural Technologists (MCIAT) and Architectural Technicians (TCIAT).


CLAIRE1CL:AIRE is an independent, not-for-profit organisation, established to stimulate the regeneration of contaminated land in the UK by raising awareness of, and confidence in, practical sustainable remediation technologies.

Coal Research Forum

It is in the context of the challenges associated with coal utilisation in the UK that the Coal Research Forum acts as a focal point, providing a means of communication between industry, universities and policy-makers.

The Construction Products Association

The Construction Products Association represents 85% by value of all manufacturers and suppliers of construction products in the UK, including the largest companies in the industry, as well as the 44 trade associations. Collectively, the industry provides 20% of goods manufactured in this country.  The industry has an annual output of £50 billion.  It accounts for 40% of total construction output and employs about 500,000 people.  It is responsible for 20% of the UK’s manufacturing output and provides 4% of the UK’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

The Association acts as a single voice to promote and campaign for the construction product manufacturers and suppliers, in order to support this major industry.  Its growing credibility can be seen by the increasing influence it has with Government Departments and other industry and political bodies.

East of England Energy Group

The East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) is the industry association for energy in the East of England, representing over 350 members across the supply chain.   As a non-profit, business-led group, EEEGR is committed to the sustained development of its members and the wider energy sector in the region.  The East of England is a world leading all energy hub and EEEGR is the catalyst making things happen.

Energy Saving Trust

We are a non-profit organisation that provides free impartial advice tailored to suit each person’s circumstances. Our advice can help you save money and fight climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions from your home.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

EPSRC is the main UK government agency for funding research and training in engineering and the physical sciences, investing around £740 million a year in a broad range of subjects – from mathematics to materials science, and from information technology to structural engineering.

Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)

ktn-new logo 2015Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is the UK’s innovation network. It brings together businesses, entrepreneurs, academics and funders to develop new products, processes and services. KTN can help you develop ideas, expertise and technologies, that have the potential to be world-beating products. Central to what KTN does is the initiation and building of collaborations: creative, cross-sector, business, and investment collaborations.

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Future Water Association 

Future Water Assoc logoThe Future Water Association aims to shape the future of the water sector through taking a leadership role with Government, industry, members and the public; focusing on innovation and education; increasing engagement throughout the membership and across the sector; becoming the voice of the sector.  It is a modern, innovative and dynamic organisation that inspires, supports and leads the water supply chain: informing the sector about opportunities, the regulators about challenges and Government about policy direction; innovating through Water Dragons and delivering the ‘Innovating the Future’ roadmap; influencing and inspiring the supply chain to develop innovative solutions and new ways of thinking to shape the future of the water sector.

Geothermal Association of Ireland

The Geothermal Association of Ireland represents the geothermal and ground source heat pump sector in Ireland.

Ground Source Heat Pump Association

The Ground Source Heat Pump Association principle aims are: to encourage the growth and development of the ground source heat pump industry in the United Kingdom by promoting the efficient and sustainable use of ground source heat pumps, raising awareness of the benefits of ground source heat pumps, assisting in the development and practice of sound industry-related standards; to assist, encourage and support the setting up and maintaining of high standard training for the industry; to provide a forum for information interchange; to liaise with other related organisations in matters of benefit to the industry; to represent the industry in matters of local, national and international interest to members.

Heat Pump Association

The Heat Pump Association (HPA) is the UK’s leading authority on the use and benefits of heat pump technology and includes many of the country’s leading manufacturers of heat pumps, components and associated equipment.  The Association influences legislation and other matters that affect the interests of either the industry in general, or its members in particular. In addition, the HPA co-ordinates technical and market research into areas of mutual interest, identified by members with the aim of improving market opportunities for members, at home and abroad.

The Institute of Air Quality Management

The Institute of Air Quality Management was launched in November 2002 to provide a focal point for all air quality professionals.  Our mission is to be an authoritative voice by maintaining, enhancing and promoting the highest standards of working practices in the field of air quality and for the professional development of those who undertake this work.

Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment

The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) is a not-for-profit membership organisation established to promote best practice standards in environmental management, auditing and assessment.  The Institute offers ongoing support to environmental professionals and aims to promote sustainability through improved environmental practice and performance.

Institute of Physics

The Institute of Physics is a scientific membership organisation with a worldwide membership of 35,000 members, working to increase the understanding and application of physics.  It is a leading communicator of physics with all audiences from specialists, through government, to the general public.  IOP Publishing is a world leader in scientific publishing and the electronic dissemination of physics.

The Institution of Engineering & Technology

The Institution of Engineering and Technology is one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community. The IET has more than 150,000 members in 127 countries and offices in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. The IET provides a global knowledge network to facilitate the exchange of ideas and promote the positive role of science, engineering and technology in the world.

The Institution of Environmental Sciences

The Institution is a charitable organisation which promotes and raises public awareness of environmental science by supporting professional scientists and academics working in this crucial arena.

Institute of Water

Institute of Water is the only professional body concerned solely with the water industry. Formed in 1945, the purpose of IW is to provide unparalleled opportunities to help our members increase their knowledge about those topics that are crucial to the future success of the industry. Our vision is to be the Institution of choice for people engaged in the UK Water Industry by adding value and enjoyment to what they do.

London Accord

The London Accord has been the largest cooperative project among investment research firms. During 2007 London Accord members conducted the largest-ever private-sector investment collaboration into climate change, representing work valued at £7 million ($15 million), and proved that society has a hunger for financial services research.

London Cleantech Cluster 

LCC provides a platform to assist with the promotion of the range of quality activities across the region, a means by which they can be effectively coordinated and programmes to identify and address where gaps exist in the support that is needed to effect a successful cleantech sector in a leading sustainable region.  LCC has three principal objectives:  to support the establishment and growth of cleantech businesses across the region; to attract cleantech businesses and investment from abroad and facilitate the expansion of UK cleantech businesses overseas and to accelerate the roll-out of sustainable solutions across Greater London.

Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership is an action and advisory group, established in 2003 to take a lead in accelerating the shift to low carbon vehicles and fuels in the UK and to help ensure that UK business can benefit from that shift.

LP Gas Association

The LP Gas Association seeks to provide the voice of the LP Gas Industry in the UK and to support its members through the promotion of the benefits of LPG and of safe operations and standards throughout the Industry.

National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP)             (

NISP is devised, managed and owned by International  Synergies Limited. It is a free, innovative, business opportunity programme that uses the industrial symbiosis approach to identify mutually profitable transactions or synergies between its member companies so that under used or undervalued resources are recovered, reprocessed and reused in another industrial process. NISP has more than 13,500 members from all industry sectors and comprise companies of all sizes including FTSE 100 multi-nationals and individual entrepreneurs.  SMEs and micros make up 90% of the membership.

Noise Abatement Society

The Noise Abatement Society seeks to eradicate unnecessary noise in all its forms to improve the quality of life for all.

Planet First

Planet FirstPlanet First is the sole provider of The Planet Mark. We have been providing sustainability consulting and certification services for over 10 years.  Every organisation has the ability and responsibility to improve their environmental, social and economic performance.  We believe that people make it happen.  Looking beyond what is technically possible to deliver what is humanly possible, we make sure results are seen, and continuous improvement can be felt by employees and stakeholders throughout each organisation we work with.  In sharing our knowledge and our range of toolkits and resources, as well as our expertise and belief in what we do with our certified businesses, we will begin to change organisations’ values, attitudes and sense of responsibility towards sustainability.

Regen SW

Regen SW is the sustainable energy agency for South West England.  Our mission is to speed up the transition to a low-carbon economy in South West England, by: unlocking sustainable-energy business opportunities; accelerating the uptake of the region’s renewable energy resources and championing effective energy-demand-reduction initiatives in the region.  We help develop all aspects of the sustainable energy industry in the south west by giving independent advice to decision makers; acting as a sounding board for developers; supporting demonstrator projects across a range of technologies at both micro and utility scale; and stimulating an informed public debate about sustainable energy.

Scotland and Northern Ireland Forum for Environmental Research

SNIFFER identifies and manages environmental research on behalf of members and stakeholders.  One of their key objectives is to promote and disseminate environmental research, particularly in relation to air, land, water and waste.

Scottish Enterprise

Scottish Enterprise are Scotland’s main economic, enterprise, innovation and investment agency.  Their mission is to stimulate economic growth in Scotland by supporting business growth and developing the business environment.  Their key priorities are to provide a range of high-quality services to help new high growth businesses; support and develop existing businesses and help Scottish businesses and industries to develop a strong presence in the global economy – building on Scotland’s reputation as a great place to live, work and do business.

Scottish Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Association

The Scottish Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Association provides a one-stop point of contact with regards activities in research, development, and deployment of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies in the Scottish and UK industry. Though established in Scotland, our membership extends beyond our borders with members from around the world. Our industrial members represent all key fuel cell technologies, while our academic members are heading up ground breaking research in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. The Association receives financial support from the Scottish Enterprise Energy Team.


The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is the leading trade association for the UK motor industry, providing advice and information to its members and to external organisations. It represents companies throughout the automotive sector from vehicle manufacturers, component and material suppliers to power train providers and design engineers.

Solar Trade Association

The Solar Trade Association (STA) aims to promote widespread use of solar energy technology and to encourage excellence within the UK solar energy industry. This is achieved by enforcing a Code of Ethical Practice and maintaining a presence with Government, the media, and technical standard committees. Representation on behalf of the solar industry is made to all domestic, social and commercial purchasers as well as decision makers. The particular focus of the STA is solar thermal. This includes heating for domestic and process hot water, as well as space and other fluid heating.

Sustainable Energy Association

SEAIt will be our mission at the Sustainable Energy Association to promote a key message – namely that almost all demand side solutions cost less during their life time than almost every “big energy” solution. We will do this in a way that is founded on sound economics, properly researched costs, and constructively across the political spectrum.

Sustainable Energy Ireland

Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI), was established in 2002 as Ireland’s national energy agency. Our vision is that Ireland will become a world leader in sustainable energy and that the authority be a global leader in its field.  SEI’s activities are directed across the economy in terms of improving energy efficiency, advancing the development and competitive deployment of renewable sources of energy and combined heat and power and reducing the environmental impact of energy production and use, particularly in respect of greenhouse gas emissions.

UCG Association

UCG AssociationThe UCG Association ( UCGA) is the independent representative body for the growing global Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) industry.  Our Aim – to see the safe commercial development of UCG technology worldwide.   Our remit – to educate, encourage and inform of the opportunity that UCG offers to a world in need of safe, secure, clean, affordable energy .  A member based, not for profit organisation, now representing over 70 organisations, UCGA works at an international level engaging with industry, governments, regulators, energy associations, academia, investors, bankers, environmental agencies and the public to raising awareness through education and information of the many benefits UCG offers as a low carbon energy source.

UK Energy Research Centre

The UK Energy Research Centre is the focal point for UK research on sustainable energy. It takes an independent, whole-systems approach, drawing on engineering, economics and the physical, environmental and social sciences.

UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association

The UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association acts on behalf of its members to accelerate the commercialization of fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies.

UK Noise Association

The UK Noise Association brings together a unique coalition of key organisations lobbying on different aspects of noise.

UK Rainwater Management Association

UKRMANational and international agencies expect the UK to become more prone to both floods and droughts, under the twin impacts of population growth and changes to rainfall patterns caused by climate change. The UK Rainwater Management Association brings together the interests of the many private-sector businesses, public-sector authorities and agencies, water utility companies, and the many other organisations engaged in avoiding future floods and droughts.

UK Sustainable Investment & Finance Association

UKSIF’s aim is to ensure that the UK finance sector is the world leader in advancing sustainable development through financial services. We provide services and opportunities for our members to work together to align investment profitability with social and environmental responsibility.

UK Sustainable Development Association

The UK Sustainable Development Association has been formed in response to the well-recognised need to make better use of the earth’s resources, to avoid their depletion and the changes to the climate that results.  It aims to address these problems by encouraging the faster take-up of the sustainable technologies and services that will enable everyone to make their own energy and water consumption savings without unacceptable alterations to their comfort and lifestyle.

Waste Watch

Waste Watch is a leading environmental organisation working to change the way people use the world’s natural resources.  We are a national, independent and not-for-profit charity.

World Society of Sustainable Energy Technologies (WSSET)

The World Society of Sustainable Energy Technologies is a not for profit organisation. The Society plays a key role in promoting sustainable energy technology and developing partnerships between academic institutions and industry. WSSET supports its members in the advancement of sustainable energy technologies in various ways, including; hosting international seminars and conferences, publishing technical journals and encouraging collaborative research projects in sustainable energy. Membership to the society is free, and quarterly published newsletters keep members up to date with the latest news and events regarding WSSET.

While not officially supporting partners, we are also pleased to show our gratitude for the support and assistance from:

Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group

Chartered Institution of Wastes Management

Low Carbon Industries Unit of BIS

Scottish Environment Protection Agency

The Welsh Assembly Government

Enterprise Ireland

British Water